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HK braces for ‘fresh’ demonstrations

first_imgAlthough the last few days have beenrelatively calm, with protesters staying off the streets, prominent humanrights activist Jimmy Sham was brutally attacked on Wednesday. HONG KONG – This Chinese-ruled city ispreparing for a weekend of demonstrations, including a human chain at majorsubway lines on Friday and a democracy march on Sunday, the latest moves inover four months of anti-government protests. It has been two weeks since its leaderCarrie Lam invoked emergency laws for the first time in half a century to banface masks, hoping to quell protests. Last month, Lam withdrew thecontroversial extradition bill that kicked off protests amid concerns it wouldexpose Hong Kong residents to the Chinese justice system. People march with a banner to protest against “the abuse of pro-democracy protesters by police,” near Chater Garden in Central district, Hong Kong, China on Oct. 18. REUTERS/AMMAR AWAD Hundreds of people are expected tojoin hands outside metro stations in the city on Friday. Many protesters have also called forLam’s resignation.(Reuters)last_img read more

Possible Armed Suspect Forces Alpena Public Schools to go on lockdown

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThe Alpena Police Department is still searching for a possible armed male subject who was seen at Ella White ElementaryShortly after 10 this morning Alpena Police Department responded to a call at Ella White about an unknown male subject. According to officials the suspect was believed to be holding a handgun. A witness inside of the school noticed the man and immediately took action placing the school on lockdownAll area law enforcement officers were on the call including the Alpena Police Department, Michigan State Police, the Sheriffs Department and even some members from the local narcotics team. Once officials determined no one had gained entry officials spread out searching for the subject.Alpena Public Schools took notice of the incident immediately and placed all area schools on a soft lockdown.With the recent incident in parkland florida law enforcement is stressing how important it is to practice school safety.At this time law enforcement is still searching for the subject.. if you have any information about this incident you are asked to contact the Alpena Police Department.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Ella White lockdownContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena residents reminisce on America’s beloved Rev. Billy GrahamNext Trial Ends for the City of Alpena and the Alpena Townshiplast_img read more

Nearly 100% of Evergreen’s 2015 Master in Teaching Cohort Finds Employment…

first_imgFacebook585Tweet0Pin7 Submitted by The Evergreen State College Nearly all the students who graduated  Evergreen’s Master in Teaching (MiT) program last June are enjoying the last weeks of Summer, as they will not be unemployed for long.By mid-August, 30 out of the 31 MiT Class of 2015 graduates have accepted teaching positions across Western Washington and Oregon, and even abroad. While most of the new teachers stayed in the region – Olympia, Tacoma, North Thurston, Puyallup, Hoquiam, Hood Canal and Shelton School Districts, others ventured to Beaverton, Portland and Sweet Home, Oregon, to Neah Bay and to Nablus, Palestine.They will teach subjects as diverse as visual arts, math, Spanish and Robotics, at levels everywhere between second grade and high school.According to MiT’s associate director, Maggie Foran, the program’s placement rates have been historically strong, but for a dip during and immediately after the Recession. “The number of retirements went down, class sizes grew and first year teachers were being laid off,” said Foran. In 2012 placements increased as schools began replenishing their teaching pools and reducing class sizes.The Evergreen program requires two student teaching internships – in fall and spring of year two, where most programs require only one.  Foran pointed out that, “fall student teachers participate in the opening of a school year, as communities, rules and expectations are established.” She noted, “Research shows that teachers who did fall internships tend to do better their first year.”The program sometimes attracts returning students who have significant achievements in other fields. Heather Claiborne (nee Littke), ’15, of the Snoqualmie area, had spent five years in geological mapping for the Washington Department of Natural Resources, Geology Division. Beginning September 9, she will teach seventh and eighth grade Life/Physical Science and Robotics at Nisqually Middle School, where she did an internship. “I learned so much from the Evergreen program,” said Claiborne. “I was working with rocks and rocks don’t talk back.”Joking aside, Claiborne said she was, “a blank slate,” when she started her masters, and, ironically, she said, “I feel more humble now. As a teacher there’s so much to learn every day.”She is thrilled to be teaching science to middle schoolers. “Kids are so interested in the natural world,” she said. She feels that the Evergreen program prepared her to take her own classroom next month, “and that’s an awesome feeling.”Katie Schuessler, ‘15 had previously taught art in Palestinian refugee camps and wanted to go back. She returns to the city of Nablus this month, where she will teach art to grades three to 11 at the nonprofit Pioneers Baccalaureate School.Even in a country where people struggle to meet basic needs, Schuessler believes art plays a critical role. “The arts promote problem solving,” she said. “They offer valuable skills that are often overlooked. And they give students an opportunity to learn in a different way, away from language and words.”Schuessler, who speaks some Arabic, will teach in an English immersion program. “I’ll be assessing my students’ language abilities and teaching a bit of English and art vocabulary,” she said.At Evergreen she learned a great deal about English Language Learners as well as cultural competency and sensitivity, efficient classroom management and student empowerment. “I don’t have a hero complex,” she said. “If students can come into my classroom and feel safe expressing themselves in healthy ways, I will feel like I’ve accomplished something.”Schuessler, of Seattle, originally had to mitigate her parents’ concern about political instability in Palestine, but reported that they are planning to tour Palestine and Israel while she is there. “They support my decision,” she said.last_img read more

Fortuna High head football coach Mike Benbow nominated for national award

first_imgAs much as Mike Benbow enjoys celebrating victories on the football field, he takes pleasure out of watching his players succeed in life just that much more. He wants to build good players into even better people and have them cherish the chance to play in front of the Fortuna community.Turns out, it’s being noticed by plenty of folks.It was announced Tuesday that Benbow has been included in the top 50 nominees for U.S. Cellular’s Most Valuable Coach program, with voting officially underway …last_img

Which cities are leading the autonomous car revolution?

first_imgMany places claim they welcome driverless car prototypes on their streets, but an elite group of cities are proving to be all-in with autonomous vehicles.In a commentary on Fortune.com, Luís Bettencourt discusses which cities have fully embraced driverless cars. The Santa Fe Institute professor of complex systems also weighs the revolutionary impacts this technology will have on cities of the future.“The urban landscape is in for a drastic change,” said Bettencourt. “With some cities using autonomous vehicle technology to rethink their public transportation and infrastructure.”See also: California legalizes autonomous cars on highwaysHe predicts that driverless automobiles will transform congested cities by dramatically reducing cars on the road. As well, robot cars acting as taxis will free up large tracts of land currently used for parking and gas stations.“But if this transformation is to take place, driverless vehicle manufacturers will need to find welcoming locations to test their products,” he says.And Bettencourt outlines which certain cities are proving to be more welcoming than others to connected cars.Autonomous vehicles by Google have been plying the roads around San Francisco Bay for years. With its proximity to Silicon Valley, San Francisco is living up to its earlier adopter reputation in regards to driverless cars.More recently, Google has begun testing driverless cars in Austin, Phoenix and Kirkland, Wash.And Pittsburgh is establishing a reputation on the vanguard of driverless car technology. It is home to Carnegie Mellon University which is a pioneer in research into self-driving cars. The university has also recently partnered with Uber to develop a driverless vehicle for its ride sharing service.Boston is also at the forefront of the new technology, announcing a year-long test of driverless cars on city streets. The tests, which are being run in partnership with the World Economic Forum (WEP), aim to advance transportation access, safety and WEP’s sustainability goals.It’s a mad, mad self-driven worldIn Asia, Singapore has launched a strategy for a “car-light” city that includes the world’s first taxi service that uses driverless cars in a limited circuit.China’s Baidu is working on a similar project in Beijing and Tokyo is shooting to have autonomous cars on its roads in time for the 2020 Olympic Games.Meanwhile in Europe, Helsinki is running the world’s first autonomous bus system. And over in the U.K., other cities are performing trials of self-driving vehicles.Bettencourt says these cities that are early joiners of the autonomous vehicle revolution stand to gain economically from the benefits of this technology.“This would also stimulate new businesses and technologies that can create jobs—such as the new systems necessary to coordinate traffic, new kinds of smart infrastructure, and new advertisement markets—and grow the economy,” he says. Tags:#autonomous cars#Baidu#Google#IoT#Uber 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… Donal Power IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…center_img Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… Related Posts For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…last_img read more

Ajit Pawar elected NCP legislative party leader

first_imgArticle 370 is not an answer to important issues such as unemployment, economic crisis and slowdown, said Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Wednesday. Addressing his party’s newly elected representatives to the Assembly here at the NCP headquarters Mr. Pawar also raised an alarm on the upcoming Supreme Court verdict on the Ram temple in Ayodhya. “We expect that the judiciary will ensure that brotherhood and harmony remains intact in the country after the verdict. There will be forces in the country which may try to exploit the situation. But it will be the responsibility of NCP workers to ensure peace,” said Mr. Pawar. The NCP chief sounded the alarm on the economic condition, agrarian crisis and growing unemployment in the country as well as in the State. “This government thinks that Article 370 is an answer to every problem facing the country. I have never seen a Prime Minister who says “doob maro” to his own country’s citizens who do not agree with his position on Article 370. How can you say this to your own people?” he asked. Earlier, the party unanimously elected former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar as the new leader of the legislative party while the announcement of the Leader of Opposition is likely to be made at the start of the Assembly session. Mr. Pawar will lead the party in both Houses. State unit president Jayant Patil moved the resolution naming Mr. Ajit Pawar at Wednesday’s meeting, which was seconded by Mumbai president and MLA Nawab Malik, Jitendra Awhad, Dhananjay Munde, Hasan Mushreef, and Anil Deshmukh. Addressing the newly-elected MLAs, Mr. Ajit Pawar said, “We are ready to work as Opposition. For the first time in Maharashtra, the ruling party is not in a merry mood but the Opposition surely is.” While presenting the resolution, Mr. Patil said, “BJP did nothing except make Opposition MLAs resign and field them from the BJP. But people of Maharashtra ensured 80% of them were defeated.” Their party chief, he added, followed the motto of Chhatrapati Shivaji to not bow down in front of the throne of Delhi.Prior to the meeting of the MLAs, the parliamentary board held discussions at the Y.B. Chavan centre where the name of Mr. Ajit Pawar was decided and presented in front of the MLAs.Before being appointed group leader Mr. Ajit Pawar told reporters that there are no permanent enemies in politics. His statement comes on the background of the ongoing tussle between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena.In 2014, the 41 NCP candidates had won 41 Assembly seats, of whom six left the party after the Lok Sabha polls this year. Later as many as 12 ticket aspirants too quit NCP. The Congress with 42 seats had named Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil as the Leader of Opposition. However, he left the party to join the BJP before the general elections. Mr. Ajit Pawar was the legislative party leader in the previous term also while Mr. Patil was the group leader in the Assembly. Dhananjay Munde was the Leader of Opposition in the Council.last_img read more

The Latest In NYC Arlington not everyone Amazon thrilled

first_imgNEW YORK — The Latest on Amazon’s second headquarters (all times local):12:55 p.m.Not everyone in New York and Virginia is happy about being chosen to become the spot for new Amazon headquarter locations.Some see the billions in tax breaks as corporate welfare while others are worried about home values and school overcrowding in areas where it’s already a problem for many residents.New York State Senator Michael Gianaris and New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer in a joint statement asked why scarce public resources are being offered to one of the profitable corporations in the world.In Virginia, state representative Lee Carter warned that thousands will be priced out of their homes with the influx of high-paid tech workers. He also raised the issue of overcrowded schools and traffic.___11:50 a.m.New York officials are cheering Amazon’s decision to build a new headquarters in a quickly developing corner of the city.Governor Andrew Cuomo, who said he’d be willing to change his name to “Amazon Cuomo” to land the deal at one point, said the state should be proud for landing, “one of the largest, most competitive economic development investments in U.S. history.”The state offered Amazon more than $1.5 billion in incentives if it creates 25,000 jobs in the Long Island City neighbourhood of Queens.One-time mayor Michael Bloomberg said Amazon’s arrival affirms New York City’s long-term push to attract the nation’s top tech talent. Bloomberg pushed aggressive development in Long Island City while he was mayor. The neighbourhood is a jumble of massive construction cranes and work sites and brand new high-rises have reshaped the skyline.___11:15 a.m.Virginia Governor Ralph Northam cheered Amazon’s choice of Arlington as one of two new headquarters locations for Amazon. He says the state will continue to invest in infrastructure and education as a key part of the partnership.Northam is calling the state’s proposal to land the headquarters a “new model of economic development for the 21st century.”Amazon is set to invest about $2.5 billion in its new Virginia headquarters and the state has promised a raft of incentives, including infrastructure investment and tax breaks.Virginia plans to invest in college-level computer science and related fields along with investing $50 million over 20 years in tech education for grammar and high school students.___10:15 a.m.Amazon has confirmed that it will split its much-anticipated second headquarters between New York City and Arlington, Virginia.Its New York location will be in the Long Island City neighbourhood of Queens, while its Arlington offices will be located in an area called National Landing. Each site will get 25,000 jobs.In addition, the online retailer said it will open an operations hub in Nashville, creating 5,000 jobs.The decision ends an intense competition between North American cities to win Amazon and its promise of 50,000 new jobs. Some locations tried to stand out with stunts, but Amazon made clear that it really wanted incentives, like tax breaks and grants. The company received 238 proposals before narrowing the list to 20 in January.___6:40 a.m.A person familiar with the plans say Amazon will split its second headquarters between Long Island City in New York and Crystal City in northern Virginia.The online retailer is expected to make an official announcement later Tuesday. The person was not authorized to speak publicly ahead of that announcement and spoke on condition of anonymity.The decision will end an intense competition between North American cities to win Amazon and its promise of 50,000 new jobs. Some locations tried to stand out with stunts, but Amazon made clear that it really wanted incentives, like tax breaks and grants.Amazon also had sought to be near a metropolitan area with more than a million people, among other criteria.The company received 238 proposals before narrowing the list to 20 in January.___Alan Suderman reported from Richmond, Virginia.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Shell Groundbirch using new technology in Northeast BC to reduce greenhouse gas

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Shell Canada’s Groundbirch division says it has begun using new technology to reduce its carbon footprint in Northeast B.C.In January, the company said that brought its first new multi-well pad design online, which uses electric valve actuators as opposed to pneumatic ones. Shell Groundbirch project delivery and construction specialist Jason McGillivray, who has a background in forest products, explained that an actuator is a mechanism which opens and closes valves. The pneumatic version uses process gas from the well as a power source and as the actuator cycles; the compressed gas used to do the work is vented to the atmosphere. The electric actuator is driven by electric power, thus eliminating the methane emission source.McGillivray says that the new Gen 4 pad design not only greatly reduces fugitive methane emissions, but the design is also expected to increase production capacity by 40 percent and decrease costs by 15 percent. “Our team is lucky to be part of an organization with a strong culture of continuous improvement and we’re always looking to do things better,” said McGillivray. “Even though it goes above and beyond regulatory requirements, we collectively agreed that it is the right thing to do in this situation in terms of our role in providing cleaner energy to Canada and the world.”Shell says that changing the actuators to reduce methane emissions didn’t have a negative impact on production. When it came on stream in mid-January, the first new well pad was ranked number one in the province for top gas rates for initial well production in January according to a report by Alta Corp Capital.“Based on its success, electric actuators will be used on new well pads in Groundbirch going forward, and we’ll share our knowledge with other Shell assets for potential replication,” added McGillivray.last_img read more